August 23, 2003
I'm finally able to sit down and write about Orion's first HC!
We both loved it! I'm already excited about next year's, with all
talk of games and getting to know each other parties! It's going
to be great!
I was able to meet several people I've only met online before! Pat
were there with Smoke, he sure is beautiful! Melody came all the
California! She's a riot! We had some great laughs with her and her
Shari came all the way from Texas! It was great to meet her in person
showed us some of her puppy packets she does for her puppy buyers.
She does a
great job! Very creative! Also Jan from Northern Lights and was it
granddaughter? The little girl did a great job showing her full grown
got to see some who I don't see often enough. Corinne, who has become
dear friend! Lilli made it too. Lilli, one of these days, you have
Timber with you! Karen, as always, busy taking pictures. Lyn, always
advice. Dawn with her beautiful girls and Toran. Debbie and Dorothy.
Bill and Jill. My fellow CASSA members, we had a great turn out!
And many more,
just can't name them all! And, of course, the main attraction of
Tina and Lisa. Got to tell you, Tina's grandkids are starting to
steal the show!
Specially Matthew, handling Meg in the ring! What a cutie he is!
some new names I was able to put faces to, like Raymond with Samson,
that dog is
beautiful! His pictures don't do him justice! Wendy with Hannah,
cutie. Michelle with Mystic, who won big time her first time ever
in the ring! NY
Heather. I'm ready to do it all again! Now, if the weather will cooperate,
make it a little cooler, it would be even better! But, no talk of
We arrived at HC Wednesday afternoon. I set up my canopy, shade
screens, ground cover, x-pens for Orion in what later we called the
swamp zone. It
wasn't really that wet, but it was the lowest part of the field,
so it wasn't
dry either. Orion had a ball digging in the grass to find a cool
Needless to say, he got cleaned up every night, but as long as he
did it after
each show, I didn't care. He was having fun! I must say, I was very
see how well he traveled! Eight hours in the car is no picnic, for
either of us!
We helped set up the ribbons and trophies, they were beautiful! Haven't
a picture of them yet, did anybody get one? They were something really
Thursday was seminar day. Last year was my first HC, and I remember
madly trying to write down everything Tina said, as I didn't want
to forget any
of it. This year, it was so much more relaxed! I actually got to
will hopefully remember it better! The Behavior seminar had some
reminders for me, on how to handle Orion better. The STM seminar
was also great! Lisa
did the field part and I got to demonstrate the stepping line to
had a ball using Sarah as a very cooperative puppy!
Friday was the Handling class given by Lisa. It was also great!
in time to jump into the ring afterwards! I knew Orion wasn't going
great, he's at a very gangly, uncoordinated age right now. But, he
still won second
place for his age group. Fran, the judge said he's crossing his front
when he runs, and that his rear is higher than his front. All of
this he should
outgrow with time. I just wanted him to have a good time, and I think
Then, I showed Corinne's Charley. Charley has turned into a beautiful
love his eyes! He has such an intelligent expression in them! And
he ended up
winning Best of Winners! Way to go Charley, you're now champion pointed!
happy for him and Corinne!
In the afternoon, I took the Temperament testers certification.
it's harder than it looks! We then tested, I believe it was 7 dogs.
It was very
interesting, to see the way different dogs reacted to the different
Saturday was our big National. We had a 3 judge panel. Fran, Nic,
Tina. Again, Orion came in second for his age group. It's going to
be a while
before my poor baby gets a little more coordinated. He's growing
so fast, he
can't always control his movements. Poor Charley had to contend with
females, one who was just going out of heat, and the other who was
didn't have a prayer! He acted all goofy for me, and Corinne threatened
to go into
the ring and take care of a certain part of his anatomy. I asked
her to give
me another chance with Charley on Sunday. He did much better, but
guy, had a hard time with all the "special smells" around.
Charley is just coming
into his prime, and can only dream about a "future date".
No wonder he was
such a goof ball! I should have cracked down harder on him, but I
have the heart to be mean to someone else's dog! That afternoon I
had Orion micro
chipped. Most of the puppies and some adult dogs all had it done.
Sunday we had our third show with Nic as the judge. By this time
legs were giving out on me, and I wanted Orion to spend some time
with kids. So,
I asked Josh to show Orion for me. It was Orion's turn to act goofy,
did was bunny hop around the ring, and he received third place. But,
like he was having a ball, and that was my goal for this show. In
afternoon, I watched Sage's puppies LER. Boy, those puppies are going
to be a handful!
But they were so cute! Each evening we had meetings and discussed
Several parts were very touching. For example, Tina's surprise
picture! It's awesome! The NS and GV awards! And a very special award
of Dawn's Vickey had us all wiping our eyes.
I must acknowledge Marie Willard here. She and her family did a
job feeding us three meals a day. I ate like a horse! It was all
don't think that woman cooked anything I didn't like! They were all
specially her grandson Josh, who helped her the whole time we were
Monday, I faced the long drive home. Again, Orion traveled well,
we arrived home safe and sound.
Now, I'm ready to start planning for HC next year!